Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Michael Baden
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are the majority of bodies identified?

2. What are characteristics of an alcoholic's liver?

3. Why did Baden not do an autopsy on Nelson Rockefeller?

4. What did Humes do with his original notes from the autopsy?

5. What trait does Baden note forensic pathologists have to have?

Short Essay Questions

1. Many cases are mentioned in Chapter Four that others point to as proof that Baden made poor judgments while acting as ME. What is his defense, in general, for the accusations?

2. What was Humes' excuse about the faulty autopsy, and is this excuse valid?

3. Explain what Baden notes occurs by the French Revolution as a way to bring bodies to medical schools for science.

4. What does Baden note in Chapter One is the price of fame when a celebrity dies, and why?

5. Summarize Baden's beliefs about what the DA expects an ME to do during autopsy, when issuing a cause of death or other findings.

6. Explain how the body of the mafioso was identified.

7. Describe the blunders that occurred during the Levin and Chambers case.

8. Explain why identification of the victims of Flight 66 was hindered.

9. Explain why Baden believes people go into particular medical professions.

10. Explain how the body of Theresa Ferrara was identified and why there were different strands of hair on her torso.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel discusses additional methods to deteremine time of death, those of the potassium eye test and the use of the digestive system.

Part 1) List each method, and discuss, in detail, how that method helps determine the time of death.

Part 2) Compare and contrast the methods. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 3) Compare these methods with rigor mortis, livor mortis, and algor mortis. Why are these methods sometimes needed? What benefit do these methods have that the others do not? Be sure to explain your answer using examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

In Chapter 3, Baden discusses the concept that the death of a person is indicative of the life that person led. After reading the book, and seeing Baden's examples, do you think Baden is correct? Why or why not? Do you think the lives of certain individuals lead to their demise? Why? Does this mean we can, to some extent, control our own fate? Why or why not? Does this necessarily mean some deserve their death? Why or why not? Be sure to use examples given by Baden in the book, as either support for your position or as reasons to disprove his theory. Incorporate your own examples, as well, to support your view.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 1 of the book, Baden discusses the concept of celebrity death, and the effect of a flawed autopsy on the perception of foul play surrounding the death. Do you think conspiracy theories are derived from the life of the celebrity, or the circumstances surrounding their death, or both? Why? What aspects of life or death help frame a conspiracy theory following death? Why do some celebrities suffer such beliefs after their death and some do not? Based on this, do you think forensic science can have an effect on these ideas? Why or why not? What does this say about forensic science?

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